KANSAS CITY -- A.J. Burnett limited the Royals to one run over 7 1/3 innings, and Brian Bannister had his shortest start in more than three months in a 4-1 loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Burnett, who was making his first start since coming off the disabled list, allowed just three hits on 90 pitches. The Royals scored just once, a solo home run by Alex Gordon in the seventh.
Bannister threw 4 2/3 innings of three-run ball, his shortest start since May 4. Bannister, who was 8-3 since May 30, had thrown at least seven innings in 14 of his last 18 starts, including his last four in a row before Sunday.
Bannister allowed seven hits, including four for extra bases on a night where the game time temperature was 100 degrees and the heat index was 106. He worked around jams in the first and second innings, but allowed a run in the third when Rios tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly. Toronto tallied two more in the fourth on two doubles and a walk.
The Royals are 3-3 on the seven-game homestand and 13-15 in the second half.